Etienne Zack’s self-reflexive practice often focuses on the context around producing and exhibiting artworks and the physical and conceptual tools that are involved in their creation. This is evident in the iconography of his paintings and comes through even more clearly in the logic of assembly that determines how they take shape. As a result, Zack’s work mitigates the pathos that is usually associated with the artistic process to instead highlight its more playful or constructed nature.

Marked, 2008, Acrylic and oil on canvas.
© Etienne Zack • Photo: Colleen Heslin